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By any measure, Emily Dievendorf's 25-vote win over Jon Horford in the 77th House District Democrat primary two Tuesdays ago was a surprise.  Horford had many more endorsements. He raised … more
Conservative commentator Tudor Dixon rode into the Republican gubernatorial nomination this week on the backs of the influential DeVos family in West Michigan and former President Donald Trump's late … more
As previously noted in this space, we’re big fans of writing the final chapter in the history of Lansing Township via annexation by the city of Lansing. Now comes a group of more than 100 … more
The writer is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the new 75th state House District in next Tuesday’s (Aug. 2) primary election.   I am running for state representative … more
Here's something I've never written before this past Monday.  Democratic Senate candidates in Michigan's most competitive seats went 7-0 in raising more money for their respective campaigns … more
Back in the 1980s, when the City of Lansing was building the Lansing Center on Michigan Avenue, the idea was sold to politicians as an attraction for conferences and exhibitions. Our part of the … more
Meridian Township voters spoke clearly in 2018 when over 60% of them supported the successful statewide referendum to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  Now they will decide in the … more
The primary is in two weeks, and the most nervous political demographic is the traditional, conservative Republicans with experience.  It's hard to believe. Ronald Reagan-loving, John … more
President Joe Biden in 2024? I saw the headline, too, and it's hard to believe.  A first-term incumbent, with popularity numbers literary through the floor? A 33% job approval rating, … more
One of Lansing’s longest-running municipal conundrums is the on-again, off-again pursuit of new facilities for its city government, from replacing an outdated, dysfunctional City Hall to … more
 Why is Emily Dievendorf running for the state House?   It’s a valid question as she makes herself a cup of coffee shortly after 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in … more
Our society isn’t particularly fond of felons. We lock them up for a long time — deservedly so in many cases — then treat them with suspicion and mistrust when they get out of … more
Emily Stivers had had enough.   After taking comments for months about her toothy smile, the state House candidate in the new 75th House District went to Facebook to vent about those who have … more
People get excited about luck. They chalk up their outcomes to luck. Good or bad. When it's good luck, everyone is smiling, including, some people think, God. The stars have aligned in their favor. I … more
From the mildly ridiculous to the utterly bizarre, the 2022 political season is shaping up to be a real barn burner. Six months ago, who would have predicted that half the Republican gubernatorial … more
Ingham County voters can start voting absentee this week for the Aug. 2 primary election …  if you remember that there's a primary.  more
Juneteenth, in its second year as a national holiday, demarks the end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865 — when Major General Gordon Granger issued orders to free the over 250,000 African American … more
Had you ever heard of Ryan D. Kelley before last week?   He's not a former attorney general. He's not a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. He's not a former judge. He's not even an … more
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Michigan celebration of gay liberation, spawned by the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969. Since that time, we have witnessed an explosion of … more
It was almost four years ago when Garlin Gilchrist stood on a stage built up on downtown Lansing's bombed-out Seymour Avenue and Shiawassee Street intersection and accepted then-Democratic … more
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